Saturday, November 22, 2008

Emerald Enigma by C. J. Westwick

First sentence:

"Why the hell did I think some guy was following me?"


"Disasters seem to follow Bret Lamplighter around the Caribbean. His simple assignment of follow-the-emeralds changes drastically when he has to tackle government corruption, terrorists run amuck, and elegant organized crime lords. Author C. J. Westwick throws both his hero and his audience into situations as immediate as the day's headlines and starts shooting.

So, grab a bag of techno-goodies and a gorgeous French secret agent; you're heading out to the beach and on into the jungle. Bret Lamplighter's looking for the emeralds. The killers are looking for Bret. The clock is ticking. . .

At least Bret thinks it's just a clock." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This book was an engaging thriller with lots of twists and turns. I liked the sense of being in the thick of adventure with Bret and his friends, especially the scenes on the boat in Colombia.

Date read: 10/19/2008
Book #: 74
Challenges: Fall into Reading Challenge 2008, Initials Reading Challenge, Unread Authors Challenge
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Thriller

ISBN-10: 0977600904
ISBN-13: 9780977600908
Publisher: Krell
Year: 2006
# of Pages: 344
Binding: Hardcover
LibraryThing Page


Charles J. Westwick said...

Krin: Appreciate your nice words about Emerald Enigma. Interesting to note that one of the comments on the B&N website of E.E. was on the line of (paraphrase) "the first sentence of the novel convinced me not to read it." My only wonderment was why even get the book if you're so biased about the first eleven words, since there are 108,000 words totally, in the book. I sometimes don't understand readers. At least I'm glad you liked Bret and Abby and their wanderlust.
Thanks, CJ Westwick

krin said...

Thank you, Mr. Westwick, for your comment. Will there be another book set in this world?

CJ Westwick said...

The sequel to Emerald Enigma -- Renegade Circus -- is at the proofreading stage and should be published by Fall 2009. Both Bret and Abby find it's crime time in year 2012 Russia and Ukraine. Lots of excitement and peril.
CJ Westwick

krin said...

Thanks for the news. I look forward to reading Renegade Circus.